Fencing Demonstration at Rondout School
Thundercats Fencing Team Co-Captain Skyler Jackim and Coach Tony Parello put on a great fencing demonstration for the 6th through 8th grade students at Rondout School today. They demonstrated basic footwork and blade work and even put on a well fought 5-point bout using their electric gear. Everyone cheered as Skyler (a Rondout 8th grader) eked out close victory over Coach Parello. The Rondout kids asked a lot of great questions and several even got up to try wielding a sabre against Jackim.
Coach Parello explained that “fencing is a great way to get fit. It requires a combination of physical and mental agility and stamina.” He pointed out that “fencing is like physical chess and is as much a thinking game as it is a physical one.”
Thank you to Judy Barasky, a physical education teacher at Rondout, for inviting us to demonstrate and for encouraging her students to explore fencing in high school.